Indiana Pacers at Houston Rockets - 3/18/22 NBA Picks and Prediction

Indiana Pacers at Houston Rockets - 3/18/22 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets (17-52) vs Indiana Pacers (23-47)

Game Info: Friday, March 18, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Toyota Center)

Betting Odds: Houston Rockets +3 -- Over/Under: 239 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Indiana Pacers and Houston Rockets meet Friday in NBA action at the Toyota Center. The Indiana Pacers need a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Houston Rockets need a win after losing 10 of their last 12 games.

The Indiana Pacers are averaging 110.7 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 113 points on 47.3 percent shooting. Buddy Hield is averaging 19.7 points and 5.6 assists, while Tyrese Haliburton is averaging 19.6 points and 4.5 rebounds. Malcolm Brogdon is the third double-digit scorer and Chris Duarte is grabbing 4.1 rebounds. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 76.2 percent from the free throw line. The Indiana Pacers are allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.8 rebounds per game.

The Houston Rockets are averaging 109 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 118.1 points on 48.3 percent shooting. Christian Wood is averaging 17.9 points and 10.1 rebounds, while Jalen Green is averaging 15.7 points and 3.2 rebounds. Eric Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and Kevin Porter Jr. is grabbing 4 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 71.1 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.2 rebounds per game.

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The Pacers are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games as a road favorite and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Friday games. The Rockets are 21-51 ATS in their last 72 home games and 11-28 ATS in their last 39 games overall. The over is 19-7-1 in Pacers last 27 overall. The over is 4-1 in Rockets last 5 overall. The Pacers are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.

These are two teams going nowhere fast, and I'm not running to the window to back either side. The Houston Rockets have their struggles obviously, but the Pacers are losing their last five games by an average of 7.6 points, and they lose on the road by an average of 4.8 points. At least the Houston Rockets are at home here. Not a game I'd touch personally, but give me the Rockets and the free bucket if forced to pick.

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Randy’s Pick Houston Rockets +3

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